Oh, my gravy!
Did you know that if you get enough people doing/saying something wrong, it will ultimately become right?
Check this out: read the "usage note"
short-lived(shôrtlvd, -lvd)adj.Living or lasting only a short time; ephemeral.Usage Note: The pronunciation (-lvd) is etymologically correct since the compound is derived from the noun life, rather than from the verb live. But the pronunciation (-lvd) is by now so common that it cannot be considered an error. In the most recent survey 43 percent of the Usage Panel preferred (-lvd), 39 percent preferred (-lvd), and 18 percent found both pronunciations equally acceptable.
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This - now so common that it cannot be considered an error - is the phrase that chaps my butt.
What? Something wrong becomes common, through laziness or ignorance or carelessness, and then - because it is commonly wrong - the wrong thing is suddenly made right. Wow.
So, why aren't all of us over-eaters suddenly made thin?
Perhaps the reverse is true, also. The old 'use it or lose it' thing...? Could that be what is happening to ethics in politics and punditry? Maybe there are so few examples of ethical behavior in these arenas, that ethics are no longer something for which to strive. Hmmm...
Now, as I was growing up, EVERYBODY told me to be a good girl: Mom, church, teachers, relatives...everyone. I've spent quite a bit of energy through the years examining the guidelines of each; keeping some ideals; making new ones; eliminating others, until I've come to understand what being a good girl means to me.
The very bottom line is that I must add to the love and not to the fear in this world.
That effects how & whether I talk, what I watch on TV, how I relate to family & friends, & who I hang with.
It's beginning to effect what I eat and how I fashion the hours in my day. (thankfully; but no dramatic results to report)
It seems to me that there should be a way to make this all work for the betterment of the planet.